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FSCJ Earns Military Friendly Gold Status for Second Year

Mar 28, 2024, 12:24 PM by Kelly Thurlow

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) was once again named a Military Friendly® School with a “Gold” ranking for 2024-25, in recognition of leading practices, outcomes and effective programs for student veterans. This is the second year in a row the College has received this designation.

Postsecondary schools across the country were evaluated using public data sources and their responses to a survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-25 survey, with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard.

Final ratings were determined by combining each institution’s survey responses with an assessment of their ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, specifically for student veterans.

“FSCJ is proud to be recognized as a gold-level Military Friendly School again for the second year in a row,” said College President Dr. John Avendano. “Our faculty and staff consider it a privilege to walk alongside active-duty and veteran students, helping them to achieve their goals through higher education. We are grateful for their service and sacrifices, so it’s our honor to help them succeed in any way we can.”

The Military and Veteran Services department is the principal advocate at FSCJ for active military, veterans, military spouses and dependents, ensuring their unique needs are met. The staff serve as a connection to educational, financial and support resources to help these students be successful in their academic, professional and personal pursuits. Learn more about FSCJ’s services for active-duty military, veterans, military spouses and dependents here: To view the list of Military Friendly schools, visit